unworthy

[uhn-wur-thee]
adjective, unworthier, unworthiest.
1.
not worthy; lacking worth or excellence.
2.
beneath the dignity (usually followed by of ): behavior unworthy of a king.
3.
of a kind not worthy (often followed by of ).
4.
not of adequate merit or character.
5.
not commendable or creditable.
6.
not deserving.
noun, plural unworthies.
7.
an unworthy person.

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English; see un-1, worthy

unworthily, adverb
unworthiness, noun
self-unworthiness, noun


3, 4. unseemly, unfit, unsuitable, ignoble.


1. deserving, admirable, commendable.
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unworthy (ʌnˈwɜːðɪ)
 
adj
1.  (often foll by of) not deserving or worthy
2.  (often foll by of) beneath the level considered befitting (to): that remark is unworthy of you
3.  lacking merit or value
4.  (of treatment) not warranted or deserved
 
un'worthily
 
adv
 
un'worthiness
 
n

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unworthy
c.1240, unwurði, from un- (1) "not" + worthy. Cf. M.Du. onwerdich, Du. onwaardig, M.L.G. unwerdich, O.H.G. unwirdig, O.N. uverðugr.
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Example sentences
Determining who is unworthy has been the exclusive province of the prophet.
And every idea outside that narrow domain is unworthy of mention.
One of those long-held ideas was that sports was unworthy of serious scholarly
  investigation.
But working as a lame duck among colleagues who have deemed you unworthy can't
  help but be excruciating.
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